1. Bird Dog Crunches
Sounds crazy, I know. But start this move on all fours. From there, simply extend your right arm out in front of you and your left leg out behind you. This part alone may challenge your balance!
Once you feel stable enough to begin the next portion, work on bringing your leg and arm back in and trying to meet your elbow and knee together underneath you. Pause there for just a quick second before extending again and repeat for 10–15 reps. Obviously after that make sure you do the other side as well. Don’t be surprised either if you have one side that is more challenging than the other!
2. Side Plank with Leg Raise
This is another amazing move that really targets your obliques. On a soft surface, lie down on your side, it doesn’t matter which side you start with because I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now, you’ll be doing it on the other side as well. Once on your side, stack your feet, knees, hips and shoulders so that that you are in as straight of a line as possible. Next, prop yourself up on your elbow, maintaining a tight rigid posture as you do so.
Now, extend your opposite arm straight up toward the ceiling. You are now in side plank, which may be challenging enough for now. If and when you wish to try a more advanced version, lift your top leg and hold. Your goal on these should be to hold the pose for 10–15 seconds for a total of 3 or 4 sets. Allow for about 30 seconds of rest between each one.
3. Spiderman Crunch
This one is essentially a variation of a push-up. Starting in a push-up position, as you begin to lower yourself down, lift your right leg and bring your right knee to your right elbow. As you come up, bring your right leg back to the starting position and repeat the process on the left side. Try alternating sides for 10 reps and aim for about 3–4 sets.
4. Single-Leg Toe Touches
Start this one by lying on your back with your legs fully extended and your arms overhead. From there, lift your left leg straight into the air with your knee slightly bent and try to maintain this position throughout the move. While contracting your abdominal muscles, take your right arm and reach up to touch your left foot for a total of 10 reps. Switch sides for another 10 reps and try to complete a total of 3–4 sets per side.
5. Cross-Body Mountain Climber
Again, for this one you’re going to want to get into a push-up or plank position. Then just begin by raising your right knee toward your left elbow, lower, and then raise your left knee toward your right elbow. Begin slowly to practice and then try to move as quickly as you can. This is also a great move you can add to your burst training arsenal as well.
Love handles don’t have to be something we learn to love and live with. We CAN break up with them, and we should! Carrying around excess weight is ultimately unhealthy and puts a lot of unnecessary stress on our hearts and our joints. Even though there is not exactly one trick to making them disappear, through a combination of better eating habits and incorporating more movement (and some very tough, effective exercises) into your day, you can definitely get rid of them.